The retail sector has many smaller businesses that are not subject to Environmental Permitting regulations, so this new guidance should be of great value.
All sectors have pollution incidents. In the retail and wholesale sector the businesses that were mainly responsible for severe pollution incidents include garages, petrol stations, DIY stores, dairies, food wholesalers and supermarkets.
The sector caused 2-3 per cent of all severe pollution incidents for the period 2005 to 2007. SMEs caused 53 to 77 per cent of these, whereas companies with more than 250 employees caused 15 to 40 per cent. During this period the most frequent causes of severe pollution incidents were failures of unbunded storage tanks and unauthorised discharge or disposal.
Between 2005 and 2008, prosecutions and cautions to this sector were most frequently associated with contraventions of the Producer Responsibility (Packaging) Regulations, for causing pollution of controlled waters, and for keeping, treating or transferring waste without a waste management licence.
NetRegs guidance for retail and wholesale businesses will help you check if your retail or wholesale business is complying with environmental regulations. Find out what you need to do with your waste, what you must do if you sell portable batteries, how to deal with packaging, and how to avoid causing pollution.